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Air India reviews Boeing 787, no plan to ground fleet
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:27:32 +0530
By Devidutta Tripathy HYDERABAD (Reuters) - Air India is reviewing the performance of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet to see if they are using up fuel faster than expected, but has no plans to ground the aircraft, the state-owned carrier's chairman said on Wednesday. Speaking at an air show in Hyderabad, chairman Rohit Nandan told reporters that Air India believed the planes were heavier than originally promised. "As far as the fuel efficiency is concerned, when Air India received these planes, even at that time, we knew that the planes were heavier than what they were originally promised to be," he said. Nandan said that Air India had already received compensation from Boeing for delivery delays.
UAE to host first stage of 2014 IPL cricket - organisers
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:26:09 +0530
By Amlan Chakraborty NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will host the first leg of this year's Indian Premier League cricket (IPL), the organisers said on Wednesday. With poll security being the government's priority, UAE would host at least 16 IPL matches from April 16-30, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement without naming the venues. The BCCI has approached the home ministry for permission to host the May 1-12 matches in states where polling would be over, but has kept Bangladesh as a standby in case the government cannot provide security. "BCCI will abide by the decision of the authorities in this regard.
Cricket: India moves IPL offshore
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:17:29 +0530NEW DELHI, March 12, 2014 (AFP) - India has been forced to move part of its domestic Twenty20 cricket competition to the United Arab Emirates and possibly Bangladesh due to a clash with elections, organisers said Wednesday.
Search for Malaysian airliner extended to Andaman Sea
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:12:19 +0530Kuala Lumpur, March 12 (Xinhua) Search and rescue teams have been moved to the Andaman Sea to the south of Thailand to continue the search for a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing Saturday, an official said here Wednesday. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Shahidan Kassim said the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) had widened the area of its operations in the hope of finding clues that may lead to the discovery of the missing plane. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with 239 passengers and crew on board vanished without a trace about an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur early Saturday.
Have 'effective strategy' to fight Maoists: CPI-M
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:12:18 +0530New Delhi, March 12 (IANS) The CPI-M Wednesday urged the central and Chhattisgarh governments to work out "an effective strategy" to fight the Maoists who killed 16 people in the state. Condemning the massacre Tuesday in Sukma district, it said: "This brazen ambush in a region which has seen repeated Maoist attacks highlights the inadequacies of the security strategy meant to deal with the Maoist violence. "It is imperative that the central and the state governments together work out an effective strategy to counter the Maoist armed groups," said the Communist Party of India-Marxist.
No plans to ground Dreamliners, says Air India
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:48:03 +0530Hyderabad, March 12 (IANS) Air India has made it clear that it has no plans to ground Dreamliner 787 as there are no safety issues involved. Rohit Nandan, chairman and managing director, Air India, told reporters that both Boeing and Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA) assured that there were no safety issues. "Air India had discussions with Boeing team and our engineers are in touch with them," he said.
Rahman-Sibal's 'Aa Bhi Jaa' launching in 4K video version
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:46:18 +0530Mumbai, March 12 (IANS) The video of "Aa Bhi Jaa", the second single from A.R. Rahman and Kapil Sibal's collaborative album "Raunaq", will be introduced in a 4K - ultra high definition version - on online video-sharing platform YouTube Friday. "It's a first in India and we are extremely excited to be launching this video. This version has not been used even in Bollywood films and watching a video in this ultra high definition format is an immersive experience in itself," Sanujeet Bhujabal, marketing director, Sony Music India, said in a statement. 4K resolution is a generic term for display devices or content having horizontal resolution on the order of 4,000 pixels.
Ex-Force India racer Di Resta hoping for a return to F1 in 'any shape, form'
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:46:01 +0530London, Mar 12 (ANI): British racer Paul di Resta is reportedly hoping for a return to Formula One even though he is preparing for a return to the DTM German Touring Car Championship. The Scot, who was ousted from Force India last season despite what proved to be his best season with the team as they hired Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, won the DTM series in 2010 before moving up to F1. According to the BBC, however, Di Resta said that he is desirous of being involved in F1 'in some way, shape or form', although he insisted that there is 'nothing yet' in this regard, dismissing speculation that he may become Mercedes' reserve driver this season, particularly given his decade-long association with the German manufacturer. Stating that he will take it 'year by year' at the moment, Di Resta also said that he will do whatever it takes to get back into F1, adding that he is not too old to give up and does not believe that the F1 door has closed on him in any way.
Coal India officers to go on strike; output to be hit
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:44:38 +0530
Coal India said its officers will go on a three-day strike from Thursday to demand for a settlement of pay-related issues, in a move that could cut some of its 1.5 million tonnes-per-day output and tighten domestic supplies. The state-owned company, the world's No. 1 coal miner that accounts for about 80 percent of India's output, frequently falls short of its output target due to employee strikes, delays in getting approvals to expand mines and other issues. As a result, India is the world's third largest importer of coal despite sitting on the fifth-largest reserve. "Coal Mines officers' Association of India has served a strike notice ... against non-finalization of performance related pay, new pension scheme and other demands," the company said in a statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange on Wednesday.
Confusion as search for Malaysian jet spreads across SE Asia
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:43:44 +0530
By Stuart Grudgings and Nguyen Phuong Linh KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC, Vietnam (Reuters) - The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner expanded on Wednesday to cover a swathe of Southeast Asia, from the South China Sea to India's territorial waters, with authorities no closer to explaining what happened to the plane or the 239 people on board. Vietnam briefly scaled down search operations in waters off its southern coast, saying it was receiving scanty and confusing information from Malaysia over where the aircraft may have headed after it lost contact with air traffic control. For pictures, click http://reut.rs/1qiCxqR The seas off India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands are also being combed for traces of the lost jet.
2.56 mn mobile number portability requests in January
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:32:17 +0530New Delhi, March 12 (IANS) In the month of January, there were 2.56 million requests for mobile number portability (MNP), data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) showed here Wednesday. The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 915.19 million at the end of December, 2013 to 922.04 million at the end of January, 2014, showing a monthly growth of 0.75 percent. Wireline, better known as landline, subscriber base declined from 28.89 million at the end of December, 2013 to 28.72 million at the end of January, 2014.
BSF seizes 40 packets of heroin along Indo-Pak border
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:28:04 +0530Amritsar, Mar.12 (ANI): Border Security Force (BSF) personnel on Tuesday seized 40 packets of heroin in Punjab from smugglers who were trying to trespass into Indian territory along the India-Pakistan border. "Along the border, we recovered 40 packets of heroin. We have also recovered one pistol, three magazines, 18 bullets and one mobile phone," said Inspector General of the Border Security Force (Punjab Frontier), Ajay K. Tomar.
UAE, India to co-host IPL, Bangladesh stand-by
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:24:04 +0530Mumbai, March 12 (IANS) The Indian Premier League (IPL), scheduled April 16-June 1, will be co-hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India while Bangladesh has been kept as a stand-by due to the general elections, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced here Wednesday. A BCCI statement said that UAE will host 16 matches from April 16-30 and if matches are not possible in India during May 1-12 due to the elections, it would be held in Bangladesh.
Shares in Maruti recover; investors protest Suzuki deal
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:07:18 +0530
By Himank Sharma MUMBAI (Reuters) - Worries about a prolonged stand-off between investors and Maruti Suzuki Ltd sent the automaker's shares down as much as 4.2 percent on Tuesday. The company's shares, which recovered later, have underperformed the broader index ever since Suzuki Motor Co, which owns 56 percent of Maruti, in January announced plans to invest $488 million on a new plant in India and shelved an earlier plan for Maruti to set up the factory itself. A group of 16 big fund managers said in a letter to Maruti management dated March 5 and seen by Reuters, that the plan would shift manufacturing activity away from the Indian company and turn it into a "shell company" of its parent. "The decision of the MSIL board is ill-conceived in its entirety and results in outsourcing of the core manufacturing activity that is fundamental and critical for MSIL," the letter said, referring to Maruti Suzuki.
Boeing, SpiceJet sign $4.4 bn deal
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:04:05 +0530The mega deal was signed at the inauguration of India Aviation 2014, country's largest civil aviation event, here. The first of the 42 737-8 MAX aircraft ordered by SpiceJet will be delivered in 2018, Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, told reporters. The aircraft will be in service in the world first with Southwest Airlines in 2017. "Boeing continues to build fuel efficient and environmentally less carbon emission aeroplanes," he added.
Havells India gains on unit listing hopes in London
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:52:55 +0530Reuters Market Eye - Shares in Havells India Ltd gain as much as 2.9 percent to a record high of 853.95 rupees after the Economic Times reported the electrical goods maker is planning to list its European subsidiary Sylvania Global on the London Stock Exchange, citing Sylvania President Rajiv Goel. "Currently there are no plans of listing the European subsidiary Sylvania Global in the near future," he said.
India-born woman gets 20-year jail for killing husband
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:48:04 +0530A Travis county jury of 10 women and two men Tuesday recommended the punishment for Shriya Biman Patel, 27, following nine hours of deliberations over two days. District Judge David Crain accepted the recommendation of the jury, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Shriya Patel was on trial for capital murder in the killing of Bimal Patel, 29. Shriya Patel lured her husband Bimal Patel, 29, into the bathtub for a massage, doused him with gasoline and then set him on fire, according to prosecution.
Malaysian airliner remains missing for fifth day
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:44:04 +0530Kuala Lumpur, March 12 (IANS) The mystery behind the missing Malaysia Airlines plane continued to dodge the multinational search operation for the fifth day Wednesday as Malaysia's air force chief denied reports that radar had detected the plane over the Strait of Malacca. "I wish to state that I did not make any such statements," Xinhua cited Gen. Rodzali Daud as saying in a statement. The belief resulted in the search area being widened to the vicinity of the waters off the west coast of Malaysia, he said. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with 239 people on board vanished without a trace about an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur early Saturday.
Police arrest three Maoists in Jharkhand
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:23:20 +0530Khunti, Mar 12 (ANI): Police arrested three Maoists in Jharkhand's Khunti district on Tuesday. The arrest took place after an encounter between police and members of rebel outfit People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) in Murhu forests in the district. Superintendent of Police (SP) of Khunti, Aneesh Gupta, said a commander of PLFI, Pradeep Karkatta who was behind many major Maoist incidents was also arrested. "We had received information that Maoist commander of PLFI is active from Saiko till Balanga (districts of Jharkhand).
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